Hungary Weather Guide
Hungary’s climate varies a great deal owing to 3 climatic zones, the Mediterranean, Continental and Atlantic. Overall, the high season falls between June to August and December each year, but the shoulder seasons of September to November and March to May are also very comfortable in terms of nice weather, low rates and smaller crowds.
Season and Clothing
Summer: June to August
Summer is beautiful in Hungary with popular destinations like Lake Balaton often overcrowded, but with a great party vibe. One of the largest music festivals in Europe, the Szieget Festival, is held on an island in the Danube near Budapest every August. Past acts have included everyone from the Sex Pistols to David Guetta and Alanis Morrisette to Snoop (Dogg) Lion.
Autumn: September to November
Autumn is a great time to explore Budapest as well as the areas in the north, such as Transdanubia and the Puszta (Great Hungarian Plain) where it’s harvesting time. The Budapest International Wine Festival celebrates the harvest in September. Keep your umbrella close if you’re travelling towards the end of the season as November can get rather wet.
Winter: December to February
While there is some seasonal cheer in Budapest with Christmas markets and choirs, many of Hungary’s tourist attractions close down during winter because it’s often too cold and bleak. In some areas, temperatures can fall to a piercing -29 degrees Celsius. For a true winter experience, head north to the hotels and skiing pistes of the country’s tallest mountain rage, Kékes.
Spring: March to May
Spring is a great time to visit most parts of Hungary, with sunny, pleasant days and crisp yet comfortable nights. Get in early to avoid the summer crowds. The Budapest Spring Festival runs from March to April and features more than 200 dance and musical performances.